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September 2021 Watercolor Painting Workshops

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, 73 Park Dr.

Hosted by a local artist-instructor, all instruction and materials will be provided for Boston artists, aged 9 and up, of all skill levels.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/september-2021-watercolor-painting-workshops-kelleher-rose-garden for more information and registration.

BU Global Music Festival

Enjoy extraordinary international music, educational events and a global bazaar at Boston University, 735 Commonwealth Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 18 – all free and open to the public of all ages with registration.

The BU Global Music Festival will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. at the BU Beach. Participating artists include Combo Chimbita, Eastern Medicine Singers, Gund Kwok, Veronica Robles, and Alsarah & the Nubatone’s.

A Global Bazaar of art, fashion, and home goods is slated from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Marsh Chapel Plaza.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-global-music-festival-2021-registration-101550012822 for more information and registration.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Night at Fenway Park

The Red Sox will host a Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened awareness day at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St. A portion of proceeds will go to ODSC and DEAF Inc.

 – The Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles.

– ‘Run the Bases’ Day – after this game, kids can go on the field with their parents/guardians and run on first, second, third bases and home plate.

For more information and tickets, visit https://offer.fevo.com/orioles-at-red-sox-4hqcyvj-eefba8d?fbclid=IwAR1DXoaIAucRwmnhY5DaBqCv0lpA0q0_H6psrWAbDq19geOBrH_PN2gBirQ&fevoUri=orioles-at-red-sox-4hqcyvj-eefba8d%2F  or contact 617-254-4041 or info@deafinconline.org.

Trailblazers: ‘Women News Leaders from Katharine Graham to Today’

In conjunction with the New-York Historical Society exhibit, "Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEO," Here & Now co-host Robin Young will moderate a conversation about the progress women have made as leaders in news media throughout history and particularly in the last year.

Introductory remarks will be made virtually by Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. 

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, both virtually and at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and registration (General Admission: $15) | Virtual (livestream): $5).

Curated Cuisine: What to Cook

Will home cooking remain as vibrant as it did at the start of the pandemic?

Join WBUR CitySpace at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 for a conversation with New York Times food editor Sam Sifton, author of the new cookbook No-Recipe Recipes moderated by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and registration ($5).

Cocktails in the Park 

Party in the Park, a unique cocktail party at Pinebank Promontory overlooking the picturesque Jamaica Pond, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

All proceeds support the revitalization of Charlesgate Park, a critical link in the region’s park network.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/party-in-the-park/purchase-tickets for more information and tickets.

Seed Saving online/onsite                                                     

The truly self-sufficient gardener not only knows how to grow their own food, but also save their own seed for next season. In this hands-on workshop, the Trustees will go through important factors to consider when saving seeds and demonstrate the process with several kinds herbs and produce.

– Register for the Zoom workshop being held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 hosted by Boston Community Gardens at https://thetrustees.org/event/64930.

– Register for the on-site workshop slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Greenwood Community Garden, 142 Greenwood St. in Dorchester at https://thetrustees.org/event/64932.

Please consider supporting this workshop through the optional program fee.

The ARTery 25: Honoring 25 Emerging Artists of Color

Join WBUR CitySpace at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 for The ARTery 25, a celebration of 25 emerging artists of color shaping the creative and cultural landscape in Boston.

This free, livestreamed event will be the culmination of a weeklong online and on-air editorial series from WBUR's arts and culture team. Learn more about the honorees and enjoy an evening of special performances.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and registration.

Run to Home Base                                                                             

The Run to Home Base, presented by Raytheon Technologies, is a unique 9K run and 5K run/walk through scenic Boston, ending with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of finishing the race by crossing Fenway Park’s famed home plate.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Friends and family can watch participants from the stands at Fenway, with food, entertainment and fun family activities in the concourse of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.

The Run to Home Base is their most critical, annual fundraiser providing vital funds for the clinical care and support for our Veterans and their Families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of war. 

Visit https://runtohomebase.org for more information and registration.

2021 Virtual Concert and Presentation                                                     

The Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) will host the fourth annual event to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. This special event will be streamed live on-line from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event will honor the work of GBPSR and IPPNW co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown and feature live music from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and chamber musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Visit www.ippnw.org/news/2021-virtual-concert for more information and registration (sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated).

Béla Fleck ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ concert                                      

Banjo wizard Béla Fleck along with multi-instrumentalists Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton will delight the audience bringing together a cross-generational banjo festival highlighting the best of the best of bluegrass at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/productions/bela-fleck-my-bluegrass-heart for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Saturday Open Studios: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Embrace the expressive qualities of watercolor as you reflect on the challenges of the past year and envision a hopeful year ahead from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 25 in the Bertucci Education Studio at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way.

Stop back to the Studio on a Saturday in October to incorporate your watercolor composition into a handmade sketchbook.

Studio activities are included with Museum admission. 

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets. 

‘Collages and Constructions’ Juried Exhibition          

The Menino Arts Center will showcase the “Collages and Constructions” juried exhibition through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The mixed media exhibition features 44 pieces from the 38 artists juried by Ekua Holmes and curated by Sasja Lucas.

This exhibition will be viewable both in person at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave., Hyde Park and in a virtual 3D gallery that you can stroll through at www.hpaa-mac.org/ exhibits.

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

Berklee Summer in the City                                               

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series presents free performances throughout Greater Boston through September.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.

MASCO/Outside events and activities

MASCO/Outside will host public outdoor events in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area through mid-October.

For a schedule of lunchtime concerts and food truck locations, along with ping-pong and other games, plus other information, go to www.masco.org/enhancing-the-lma/outside.

Seventh-Inning Stretch (Note time change)                                                                                  

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/togetherwithti for more information and the Zoom link.

Parks Fitness: Chair Yoga with Karma

Chair Yoga with Karma will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Rd.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

MFA Wednesdays                            

Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit www.mfa.org/tickets for more information.

Guided meditation                                                                                                   

Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

Free First Thursdays at the Gardner

Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                         

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.). 

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. 

Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.

BSO and Pops at home        

The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

These offerings are available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

Museum of Fine Arts at home fun                                     

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.

Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.

And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.

Visit mfa.org for more details.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                 

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

Fenway Cares                                                                       

Fenway Cares is a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E. / Peterborough Senior Center) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

To learn more, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.

Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer support, request assistance or share information.